NRA depicts Thomas the Tank Engine characters as KKK members

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Using a jarring image to blast increased diversity on a children's TV show, a National Rifle Association online show depicted characters from "Thomas & Friends" in white, Ku Klux Klan-style hoods on burning train tracks.

"That's where it gets really unusual to me", Loesch says on Friday's episode.

'They've decided that the next stop is Virtue Town, ' the disgruntled conservative said during the segment.

"This is awful", Loesch, spokeswoman for the gun-rights group, said on her NRA TV show, "Relentless", arguing that the show didn't need ethnic diversity because the train characters have no racial identity to begin with. Seriously. One of those trains, Nia, will be from Kenya to add ethnic diversity to the show. Loesch ranted that the show doesn't need "ethnic diversity", when the show "literally has no ethnicities because they're trains". "They don't even have skin pigmentation".

"They had to paint what they thought was some sort of African pattern on the side of Nia's engine", she later added.

After the KKK graphic was shown, Loesch joked that the fictional outfits and burning tracks Thomas, Percy and James were shown chugging along proved that the children's TV show is racist. "OK, fine, fair point, I get it", Loesch states sardonically.

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Loesch then added sarcastically: 'Thomas the Tank Engine has been a blight on race relations for far too long.

The segment aired on Friday, the same day the show debuted its new season and announced its collaboration with the United Nations, according to The Hill. "Clearly this is overdue, right?"

"The new series has 20 episodes and a number of half-hour specials with themes related to traveling and exploring the world", wrote Heavy.com.

Neither Loesch or the NRA responded to HuffPost's request for comment.

"I mean, I'm looking at this picture and I'm really, really struggling to understand how in the world there isn't any diversity in any of this".

Mattel, which owns the Thomas the Tank Engine brand, told The New York Times that it has "always been a priority" for company to promote inclusivity.

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